The Elysée Treaty: 50 Years of French-German Partnership. What Does it mean to Europe?

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty between France and Germany, the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Consulate generals of France and Germany in Vancouver, is organizing the international symposium: The Elysée Treaty: 50 Years of French-German Partnership. What Does it Mean to Europe?

For more than half a century, the French-German partnership, as materialized by the Elysée Treaty and its unprecedented framework for bilateral cooperation between former enemy countries, has been at the core of the European integration project, recently honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. Building the European community is still a work in progress: France and Germany have been key actors in moving it forward in permanent dialog and discussions with their European partners. However, as a partnership, it has always had its challenges and issues. Diverging national interests and visions, now exacerbated by a major global economic crisis, are today being debated, and Europe seems again to be at a crossroads. Our symposium brings together an extraordinary group of scholars who will analyze and discuss the past, present and future of European integration and the crucial role of the German-French relations in it.

Special guest: MLA Harald Leibrecht, Coordinator of the Transatlantic Relations of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Guest speakers:

Joachim Schild, University of Trier

Nicolas Jabko, Institute of Political Studies, Paris ; Johns Hopkins University, Bologna

George Ross, University of Montreal

Yann-Svenn Rittelmeyer, French Institute of International Relations, Paris

Yves Tiberghien, University of British Columbia

See the full program here.

The event is free and open to the public, but with limited capacity. Please register online before March, 22. Register HERE.

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